I had my lumbar discectomy for L5-S1 disc On 27th April 2011, 5-6 days back. I live in uk and had thought I M lucky to get my surgery in a private hospital as an NHS Patient.
A little background: In nov 2009 after my baby's delivery thru csection where they gave me epidural before induction seems to have caused it as I think as I started having this middle back pain right after I came home from hospital. For 6 months my GP kept saying it's a common back pain and will go away. After a year I went to my home country where I was diagnosed with a herniated disc through an MRI. I started having numbness and tingling feeling in my right leg and big toe during his time. I came back to uk and in next 4-5 months my symptoms started getting worse. Numbness and electric shock or needles like feeling could be felt in left leg and heals were weak too. Difficulty standing or sitting without support. Later on numbness in genital area pccasionally was felt. It was not terrible though
Before surgery: GP referred me to an NHS hospital and neuro seeing the 6 months old MRI said u don't need any surgery. Didn't get ready to have latest MRI to see my changing situation. I moved to different flat so GP changed. New GP referred to a private hospital and orthopaedic surgeon there latest MRI which showed a bigger bulge and suggested surgery to avoid cauda equina. Gave me a week time to decide. Didnt tell me any detail about surgery. we decided to go for surgery
Kept waiting for details and hoped I would be told a little more but I was only told that lumbar discectomy is the name and an inch cut would be made. Nothin more. Went for my surgery hoped my surgeon would tell me the procedure and answer my questions. He came for 30 sec. Got consent signed and didn't care listening to me. Got operated. Waited for doctor to tell me the details but alas he was never ready to stand for a min.
Rest of the story I will share after some time.